Transvestic fetishism is a psychiatric diagnosis applied to those who are thought to have an excessive sexual or erotic interest in cross-dressing; this interest is often expressed in autoerotic behavior. It differs from cross-dressing for entertainment or other purposes that do not involve sexual arousal, and is categorized as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.
Transvestic fetishism in the scene
In the BDSM/fetish scene, transvestic fetishism is simply the word used to refer to a fetishism for cross-dressing. Most transvestic fetishists are males who get a sexual thrill from dressing in feminine clothes. See also Sissy and forced feminization.